.44 magnum, 25 yards...

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    Well, bmcgilvray, the problem I have is that the revolver weighs 56 ounces unloaded, and to maintain a steady sight picture, I must concentrate on not letting the muzzle drift one way or another even by a hair, and that's hard for me to do. I was shooting off hand, and hitting a sheet of paper at 25 yards every time, but I was all over the paper. The gun kicks, and I know it's going to kick, and that makes it harder to keep still as I squeeze the trigger. So the other day I took my camera tripod and used it as a support, and shot my first group. Then today, using my shooting bench to keep the barrel absolutely still, I was able to zero the revolver. Now I know I can't be using a shooting bench in the field, but I did order a shooting TRIPOD, and it's supposed to be here tomorrow...

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    I agree Jim. 25 yards is the length of my pistol range. And that's the primary distance I practice from. significantly further would require sight readjustments for me. There are people though, for whom 50 yards is the norm, and I read where many shoot beyond a hundred using scoped revolvers.

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    That's a nice looking target for being plain paper at 25 yards. Congrats!
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    OKAY THAT DOES IT,Next range trip I'm gonna drag my LAR Grizzly Mark 4 44 magnum wit me,it's like a 1911 on steroids and I got around 200 240grain LSWC handloads loaded right now......somewhere in my reloading room
    Below is a pic of one that looks like mine except mine is blued,I really need to shoot it more since It only costs me about $7.00 per 100 rounds to reload for it,I'm gonna make a brass catcher first since I always seem to lose a few cases everytime I shoot it
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    I'm ignoring all that really intellegent balistics stuff (my brain is full tonight).

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    SmokinFool, thanks! My tripod did not get here today, but I should get some good groups with it. Equal to what I did on the bench, maybe? I'm hopinnnnnngggg!

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    Wow, dukalmighty! Does it have a 5" barrel like a 1911? I didn't know that platform delivered a .44 magnum! I am learning a lot from this site! 7.00 per 100 rounds! That is excellent! I've got nearly 800 empties in .44 mag & specials, and I'm going to get a reloading set up when I get to a 1000 empties. I don't know anything about reloading, other than a lot of people are doing it. I was advised by a friend that I could buy once shot brass, but I've looked on line and the .44s are always sold out. So I have to keep doin it the slow - and expensive way; one box of fifty @ a time...

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    Just out of curiosity, what ammo are you using that's making the anticipation of recoil so bad? Just for fun and to see how bad you're flinching you can load 3 live and 3 empties in random order, spin and then close the cylinder without looking at what's up next. May help you keep focused on letting the hammer fall without flinching.
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    mprp, what I WAS DOING to get over this recoil thing was to put one bullet in the chamber, spin it, and click on empties, but the surprise of the detonation made the anticipation of which chamber was loaded distracting. So I went back to all six loaded, because there's no surprise. It doesn't hurt my hand, like the bulldog does after ten rounds. I shot a hundred through it a few days ago, and the large grip prevented any soreness to my hand - even after a hundred rounds. My Makarov will make my hand ache after 50. But the big magnum kicks. And all the threads I've read on this gun say it doesn't, but these threads are written by people who are used to firing Casulls and .500 magnums. Probably to them it has the recoil of a .22 pea shooter. To get past this recoil problem I have, I bought a few boxes of cowboy action .44 specials, and the recoil was absent. NO RECOIL WAS THERE. But the accuracy was not there either, I think the lead had bubbles in it or something. I use cowbow action primarily for close in practice with my bulldog, where distance is not in the equation. These .44 magnum loads are made by American Eagle. The box says; .44 Rem magnum 240 grain jacketed hollowpoint. It states its muzzle velocity is 1180 fps, and ft lb energy is 740 lbs. As I say, the recoil does not hurt, unless my elbows are planted on the shooting bench, then the bench really bites into them. Its the suddeness of the recoil that makes me flinch a little. My first shot is always good, but the followups start to drift...

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    My shooting tripod I ordered from Midway USA was dropped off by UPS the main post office 60 mile away two days ago. And there it sits. I've noticed more and more that FedEX and UPS are delivering to USPS main office, and the USPS delivers the items two or three days later. UPS and FedEx used to bring the items right to my door. I haven't used the post office in years, although my wife gets some bills through the post office, I always pay mine on line. I wish my tripod were not at the post office 60 miles away x 2 days, now. Shame!!!

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    Love that .44 mag......use to shoot sillouhettes at 100 yards with my Model 29....nice shootin'......
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    Glockman, the target is a regular sheet of paper, and when I shoot off hand, I hit the paper consistently, but there is no group. The bullets are all over the paper.
    Yeah, I'm glad I looked at the pictures first because I was about to call you out on this. I thought you were claiming offhand, a feat Dirty Harry couldn't reproduce.
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    If those loads are 1180 fps, then they are light. With that length barrel a full house magnum load is about 1450- 1500 fps.
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    xXxplosive, my pistol range only extends out to 25 yards, where it meets with its impact area, my pond dam. How did you manage 100 yard shots, were you scoped? I don't know how well I can shoot beyond 25 yards...

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